Concepts: Jigsaw Activities
What Is a Jigsaw?
A Jigsaw is a collaborative instructional strategy in which learners are responsible for the direct instruction, acting as both teacher and learner, with some guidelines from you. The title of the activity comes from decades of cooperative learning research and is a metaphor for how the activity is structured. Basically, each person owns a piece of content—the “jigsaw puzzle piece” of the metaphor—and learners put the content (the puzzle) together by combining what they know.
More specifically, training participants are responsible for learning new concepts by using handouts, the Internet, or other printed materials as their information sources. Afterward, they teach what they learned to another ...